CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Journal of Health and Allied Sciences NU 2023; 13(01): 032-037
DOI: 10.1055/s-0042-1744442
Original Article

Association of Anthropometric and Body Adiposity Measures with Thyroid Dysfunction in Clinical Settings of Manipur, Northeast India

Kh Dimkhohoi Baite
1   Department of Anthropology, Manipur University, Imphal, Manipur, India
Ajit Lukram
2   Shija Breast and Thyroid Clinic, Shija Hospitals & Research Institute, Langol, Imphal, Manipur, India
Jamkhoupum Baite
3   Churachandpur District Hospital, IB Road, Hiangtam Lamka, Churachandpur, Manipur, India
1   Department of Anthropology, Manipur University, Imphal, Manipur, India
› Author Affiliations


Objective This study aimed to understand the association of anthropometric and body adiposity measures with thyroid dysfunction in clinical settings of Manipur, Northeast India.

Materials and Methods The study included 160 Meitei and 152 Thadou-Kuki thyroid dysfunction patients undergoing treatment under medical specialists. Anthropometric data and related adiposity measures were collected along with the medical data.

Results Hypothyroid represents 70.83% and hyperthyroid 29.17% of the total samples included in the study. The incidence of hypothyroid and hyperthyroid, irrespective of ethnic groups, is higher among females (87.49%) than males (12.49%). Hypothyroid individuals are significantly heavier and have higher adiposity measures than hyperthyroid, which is more significantly observed among the Thadou Kuki. Significantly higher waist circumference and weight to height ratio among the hypothyroid patients put the notion of adiposity deposition, apart from just water retention. Ethnic variation in the association reflects socioeconomic intervention in the management of thyroid problems.

Conclusion In conclusion, proper dietary intake or supplements in the course of thyroid dysfunction treatment are important as they can complicate thyroid dysfunction patients with other associated comorbidities.

Ethical Approval and Informed Consent

This study was ethically approved by Institutional Human Ethical Clearance Committee, Manipur University (Ref. No. MU/IHEC/2020/017).

Financial Disclosure

The authors do not have any financial relationships relevant to this article to disclose.

Authors' Contribution

KhD-B conceptualized and designed the study, collected the data, critically reviewed, and drafted the manuscript; SYM coordinated and supervised paper drafting and revised for important intellectual content and participated in the analytical framework for the study. JB and AL worked in identifying the thyroid patients. All authors read and approve the final version of the manuscript to be published.

Publication History

Article published online:
26 April 2022

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